Rollins (8-4, 3-3 SSC) vs. Palm Beach Atlantic (1-11, 0-6 SSC)
Wednesday, January 3, 2017 – 5:30 p.m.
Rubin Arena – West Palm Beach, Fla.
Rollins makes the trip to Palm Beach Atlantic on Wednesday looking to get back to its winning ways as the calendar flips to 2018. The Tars have dropped their last two and four of the last five, including three-straight Sunshine State Conference losses. Rollins is on the road for just the fourth time this season and is 1-2 away from Winter Park. PBA officially joined the SSC over the summer and is searching for a first conference win of the year. The 'Fish will be at home for just the third time this season and, along with Rollins are looking for a boost heading into the bulk of the Sunshine State Conference schedule over the next two months.
TRACKING THE TARS:
Rollins is ready to start a new year and a new month after going 1-4 in December. The tough stretch dropped Rollins into eighth in the SSC standings at 3-3 with everyone chasing 5-1 Eckerd. The Tars gave 24th-ranked EC all they could handle on Saturday before falling 75-74 in overtime. Vernisha Andrews was spectacular in the game, posting a career-high 18 points with eight rebounds, three steals and three blocks. She scored the last five points of regulation to force overtime and converted the go-ahead three-point play in OT. Carly McLendon added 16 points and six rebounds while Denise Daniels netted 13 off the bench. Yari Martinez-Toro and Julia Ingler both scored 10. Daniels and Ingler are each scoring 12.4 points a game to lead the Tars on the season. Ingler is fifth in the league in three-point shooting and needs two more to tie the Tars all-time career record for three-pointers made. Carly McLendon is averages 10 points and nine rebounds a game, ranking fourth in the conference on the glass. Her three blocks a game tops the SSC and ranks seventh in the nation. Rollins is fourth in the conference in offense with 71.7 points a game and is bolstered by the third-ranked defense, allowing just 60.6 a night. The Tars are outrebounding opponents by 8.1 boards a game.
TRACKING THE SAILFISH:
PBA comes into the game having lost its last seven, only scoring more than 60 twice in the streak. Their last time out was a 54-53 loss at Florida Tech on Saturday. The Sailfish had two chances to take the lead in the final minutes, but were unable to capitalize. Hannah Grim led the way with 23 points on 10-of-25 shooting. Ciara Cumbie added nine points and 11 rebounds. Grim is second in the conference and leads PBA with 19.1 points a game. Nkiru Anyagaligbo is getting 7.8 points and nine rebounds a game while Tyler Davis averages 7.7 points and 3.1 rebounds. Cumbie contributes 7.7 points and 8.5 boards a game. PBA is 10th in the conference in offense with 59.7 points a game and allows a league-worst 71.5 a night. The lone win for the Sailfish came in the Cesar Odio Thanksgiving Tournament, 69-66 over Minnesota Crookston.
- Rollins is 23-1 all-time against Palm Beach Atlantic with the lone loss coming in 2016. The Tars have won the last three in the series and are a perfect 10-0 in Rubin Arena.
- Last season, Rollins swept the home-and-home series against Palm Beach Atlantic. On Jan. 7, the Tars defeated the Sailfish, 85-54, in Winter Park, and then just three weeks later, Rollins traveled to West Palm Beach and took care of business by winning, 75-65, on Jan. 28.
- Since Rollins and Palm Beach Atlantic started their annual home-and-home rivalry during the 2011-12 season, the Tars have won 11 of the 12 contests.
- In his 32nd season as the Tars head coach, Glenn Wilkes Jr. is 693-239 (.744).
- Julia Ingler is second in program history for made three-pointers (192), which is a mere two behind Tars legend Jill Razor (194). Additionally, Ingler is first all-time for three-pointers attempted (529).
- With 1,011 career points, Julia Ingler is the 22nd women to join the Tars 1,000-point club. She is 30 points behind Melissa Gavin for 21st and 52 back of Kirsten Dellinger for a spot in the top-20.
- Jasmine Stone ranks 16th all-time for three-pointers made with 85. The junior needs just two more to surpass 15th-ranked Marie Gilbert (86).
- Carly McLendon is first all-time in career blocked shots (142). Additionally, the junior shot blocker tops the blocks per game list with a 2.1 average. This season in particular, among all NCAA Division II women players, McLendon is ranked fifth in total blocked shots (34) and sixth in blocks per game (2.83).
- Carly McLendon holds the seventh best FG percentage (54.5%) in Rollins history.
- Rollins turns the ball over an average of 12.2 times per game, which is the 10th lowest mark in the country. Thus, in 12 games, the Tars have 146 turnovers.
NEXT UP FOR ROLLINS:
Rollins is back at home for the first time in 2018 on Saturday, January 6 hosting Nova Southeastern at 2 p.m. All games can be found on the SSC Digital Network at SunshineStateConference.tv and the Tars Sports Network at RollinsSports.com.